Monday, September 12, 2016

W E 'R E   M O V I N G   T O   C A N A D A !

I know it's been forever since I blogged regularly. A lot has happened! But I'm hoping to be back and creating content regularly very soon! As you can may have guessed, my husband and I are moving to British Columbia, Canada! In the greater Vancouver area to be more specific. Adam got offered a job in BC around six months ago. We moved from Phoenix to Washington and he's been commuting across the border since April. We love America, but we're ready to move across the border and work towards permanent residency.

Moving has been a crazy adventure. I've lived in Phoenix my entire life, so the move to Northern Washington was a huge change. I would be lying if I didn't say that the move definitely took an emotional tole on me. But the one thing I've really taken away from these huge changes is the skill of leaning in. As scary as it is I've learned that my life is going to move on without me. I can either stand by and watch life happen to me, or lean into it and enjoy the moment. I'm writing a blog post that goes into more detail about how I dealt with all the crazy changes in my life and can't wait to share it with you. I can definitely say that Vancouver is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It will be an honor to call it home. Oh, and by the way the picture above was taken from a helicopter. Like I said, the last six months have been absolutely WILD. I really regret that I've been so awful about communicating and documenting my adventures. I'm determined to get back on track! I'm really excited to start sharing my life with you guys again. In some sense I think the next posts will be like a little bit of therapy for me. I'm still figuring everything out.

To those of you who have made any big moves, I would appreciate any advice. I really have no idea what I'm doing. Adam and I are just making it up as we go. I've definitely become more comfortable with the spontaneity of our life, but would appreciate some tips on how to build structure when you don't know what's coming next. xx Deanna

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

L A V E N D E R   P I S C O   S O U R   R E C I P E

Hey guys! I just wanted to drop in with my favorite Pisco Sour recipe at the moment. I know it's been absolutely ages since I blogged last. There have been so many changes in my life that I don't even know where to start. I hope I'll get a life update out here at some point. For now, enjoy the recipe!

1 oz Lemon or Lime Juice
1 Egg white
1 1/2 oz Pisco
1/2 TBSP Dried Lavender Pedals
Simple syrup to taste
Shake & Strain over Ice
Lavender Bloom and Lime Peel for garnish.

x Deanna

Monday, February 15, 2016

U R B A N   N U R S E R Y

I think that everyone is familiar with the sensation of driving past somewhere and thinking to yourself, "Hey, I should check that place out!" and continuing to drive by and never actually checking it out. I've been doing that lately with Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery. They peaked my interest with such a cute name, but what really sold me was driving by their super rad mural. (See image below). How could you not love that. It wasn't surprising that the rest of the garden was just as cute, see for yourself

Dig It Garden and Nursery Phoenix Girl in Greenhouse
top is h&m // necklace is american eagle // shorts are thrifted // shoes are birkenstock
Succulents and Cacti Girl in Greenhouse Girl holding Cacti

I'm convinced that the lighting inside greenhouses is some of the best there is. The way the structure defuses light is seriously dreamy. It doesn't hurt that the inside is filled with gorgeous greenery. This would be my third time taking photographs in a greenhouse of sorts and I'm ready for more. If you know of any sweet gardens in the phoenix area that I should check out, let me know!


I'm a little ashamed that it took me so long to visit. But a few pictures and one air plant later, I'm glad I did.

xx Deanna

Sunday, October 4, 2015

O U T F I T   T O   W I N D S O R

Where do the days go? No, seriously how on earth is it october already. I'm not kidding. I swear it was August two days ago. But that's what happens. Especially since school has started up I feel like time is going ridiculously fast. December's graduation date is coming up on me pretty quickly. But everyday is crammed with it's own mini adventure. Last weekend (I know, I've been procrastinating on this post for an entire week). Adam and I went to Windsor for a couple of drinks. It was kind of on a whim, and trust me, we needed the break.

In true Fall/Autumn spirit I tried one of their rotating Pumpkin Ales. This particular one was from Upslope and it was seriously delicious. I mean look at those colors. It's unreal.

Most of my outfit is thrifted... buuut you can find similar pieces here, here, here and my shoes of course here. This is a fairly short post with more hopefully on the way soon! But that's it for now!

xx Deanna

Friday, August 7, 2015

S I X   T I P S   F O R   A   S M A L L   G U E S T L I S T

So, you've decided to have a small wedding! Awesome, that's what we decided to do and it was the perfect choice for us. Here are six tips to keep in mind when you're trying to keep your guest list small!

1. Choose a number and stick to it.
It's up to you to decide how many people you want at your wedding. How small is small? For Adam and I it was 60 guests. For you it might mean 20, 15, 100! Choose the number that works for you. Once you've decided on that number. STICK WITH IT. (Within reason, I'd say three over &/or under is perfectly fine). Just remember, there's always going to be one more person you're tempted to invite. Then the next thing you know you're wedding has going from 65 to 200!

2. Think of who you'd actually miss.
This is going to be your shortest list. I mean think about it, this is your wedding day are you really going to be thinking about Great Uncle Vernon as you say your vows? Probably not. For example, my list was basically immediate family, my best friend, and her dad and brother. (And my husband & his immediate family of course). These are the people that if they weren't there I would be like, Man... I really wish they were here. These people go to the top of your list, pronto.

3. Who has impacted you.
These are the people who have changed the course of your life for the better. It can anyone from be the person who introduced you to your fiance to your fifth grade science teacher who put you on the career path you're on now. This is something you'll have to decide on your own, but you'll be happy you thought of them.

4. Who are your best friends, right now.
Your most recent roommate, closest friends at church, work besties. The people who are currently your best friends. Those people that when you look at your wedding pictures. You'll be like, "oh my gosh, remember when I used to live with Bethany, what a blast!" Wedding memories and pictures are almost like a little time capsule, who do you want to be a part of that?

5. What family members are you close (and not close) with.
No, mom, Great Uncle Vernon really doesn't need to be invited. When it comes to small weddings, sadly, everyone in the family isn't invited. What family members do you have close relationships with, cousins, aunts, and uncles that have impacted you, or that you've stayed in close communication with. This is the portion that can be tricky, but as long as you're tactful and kind most people will understand and respect your wishes!

6. Don't forget this is about you.
Look down at your list. Make sure that you're not inviting anyone because you're afraid of hurting their feelings. When it comes to weddings some people make the assumption that they're invited (and that's okay, most weddings are really big these days) so you might feel pressured just to add them to the list. DON'T! This is about you if they really care about you, they probably won't take it personally. ;)

Hopefully this helps! And remember, if you're cutting down your list and it just doesn't feel right, maybe a small wedding isn't for you! There's no wrong amount of guests to invite. Do what feels right to you and your fiance. :)

xx Deanna

Thursday, August 6, 2015

S T Y L E   I N S P I R A T I O N

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Seriously though, denim. Denim on denim on denim on denim. The girl in picture #3 perfectly captures my opinion on the matter. Seriously what's cuter, her face or the outfit? (Her face, obviously). There is something wonderfully useful about a high quality chambray. And if that ASOS dress wasn't out of stock I would have ordered right on the spot.

What's your favorite way to style denim?

xx Deanna

Saturday, August 1, 2015

V I S U A L   D I A R Y   1.0

//Great summer cocktails made with this recipe //Working on our calendar for August. Getting goals, budget, and the blog all in one place. //Take out anyone? From this restaurant. //This bin of colorful buttons from SAS caught my eye Friday. //Dried flowers and Stumptown Cold Brew. Nothing better //I'll leave you with Adam's chipotle face. Nomnomnom.

xx Deanna

p.s. (Happy August)